Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Sunflowers Lift the Spirits

I'm recovering from having had surgery a week and a half ago, and some good friends dropped by yesterday with some beautiful yellow daisies.  Amazing how a few bright flowers can lift your spirits and bring some sunshine into your world.

Interestingly enough, the day before, I had created a card using stylized sunflowers as its theme, because they felt so sunny and optimistic.  I learned a punch technique from Mary Fish, using the 2 3/8" Scalloped Circle punch and then turning the circle slightly to punch in the middle of the scallops, which created a perfect sunflower look.  Here's the card:

Before I go into the details about how I made the card, I should just tell you that most of my papercrafting supplies are from Stampin' Up, and I learned so much from my demonstrator, Tamara Casorso.

The stamps I used were from Stampin' Up's Punch Bunch and So Happy for You.The card base is More Mustard cardstock and I added a panel of textured Early Espresso and some unknown basket-weave DSP I had on hand.  The sunflowers are punched (see above) from textured Daffodil Delight and the centers are punched from textured Early Espresso with the 1 3/4" circle punch.  I embellished it with Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4" grosgrain ribbon, and some 1/8" Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon. I added a vintage rose from Prima Flowers and an Old Olive designer button.  I wanted to thread the button with some linen thread, but I was out.  I'll have to pick up some more from Tamara tomorrow (that rolls off the tongue doesn't it?) when we get together for Tamara's Technique Night.  I'm so excited to get out of the house!! 

More cards tomorrow!  I've been busy during my recuperation, doing what I love to do - Card Making!


  1. I LOVE sunflowers! Did you know that dandelions are in the sunflower family?

    1. They would have to be, for you to like them so much.lol

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